***We are now accepting applications for our two 2019 apprenticeship positions. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.***
Please see the updated 2019 Program Description for more information and how to apply.
Grow Whidbey is a collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank Fresh Food on the Table Program and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program, offering apprenticeships in community food production and garden-based education. Our goal is to train the next generation of growers and teachers in the field of sustainable community agriculture.
At Good Cheer, our goal is to train leaders at the intersection of farming and food access. A farm is a complex organism and apprentices will be included in all matters of farm management in order to fully understand the flexibility and forethought a full season requires. There will be opportunities to practice these skills through independently managing a small garden. The Garden Manager will provide guidance and labor as time allows, but the apprentices will be responsible for most of the work on this site. As we are a nonprofit, we rely heavily on volunteers and apprentices will develop leadership and communication skills for the many different types of volunteer coordination, from large service-learning groups to individuals.
Each year we are offer two positions. The program begins as early as March and runs through the end of October to early November depending on work load and interest. In exchange for a 6-8 month commitment and 35 hours of work per week, apprentices receive housing, food from the gardens and the food bank, and $400 monthly stipend.
Grow Whidbey evolved out of the Community Gardening Leadership Training (CGLT), a program focused on giving motivated individuals the skills and experience needed to lead community farms and gardens. Since its inception in 2011, CGLT has brought 26 apprentices to Whidbey Island to work in our network of community food producers.